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One month to the Olympics and the Midlands has every chance of bringing home a medal

Rebecca Adlington will be hoping to retain her Olympic swimming titles that she won in Beijing Photo: ITV Central

The Olympic Games gets underway exactly one month today, with the opening ceremony in London.

The actual competition starts two days earlier, with the first action in England at the City of Coventry Stadium, as Japan play Canada in the women's football tournament.

Coventry is the only place in the Midlands hosting Olympic competition, but the region has an important part to play in the preparation for many different countries.

The biggest names, like Usain Bolt, will be in Birmingham where the Jamaican and US athletics teams have their pre Games training camps.

The excellent sporting facilities around the Midlands has been recognised by other countries choosing specialist locations for their preparations.

For example, the Canadian and Australian badminton teams will prepare at Etwall Leisure Centre in South Derbyshire whilst Pakistan's hockey team will train in Cannock.

Of course, Loughborough has a huge part to play.

As well as being the training base for many, all 550 athletes selected for Team GB are being kitted out at the university.

So who out of those 550 has a chance of winning a medal?

Just a few names to look out for - Rebecca Adlington will be hoping to retain her Olympic swimming titles that she won in Beijing.

Slightly less well known, but also defending his Olympic title is Zac Purchase, who started rowing while at King's School in Worcester.

Other swimmers, like Loughborough based Fran Halsall and Liam Tancock, and rowers, like Leek's Anna Watkins will also be hopeful of a successful tournament.

Also in the water, Lizzie Neave from Newcastle under Lyme could be a big hit in the canoe slalom.Cyclists Jess Varnish from Bromsgrove and Andy Tennant from Wolverhampton could also be in line for a medal.

Birmingham based high jumper Robbie Grabarz has recorded the joint second highest jump in the world this year, so could this be his year?

From July 27th we will begin to find out.

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